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Hurling now has one-on-one penalties and an advantage rule after today's Congress

The motions were passed today at GAA Congress in Cavan.

John O'Dwyer fires in a penalty against Kilkenny in last year's All-Ireland hurling final.
John O'Dwyer fires in a penalty against Kilkenny in last year's All-Ireland hurling final.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

THE INTRODUCTION OF  a one-on-one penalty in hurling is the major talking point so far from the 2015 GAA Congress at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Cavan.

And the sport also now officially has an advantage rule after that motion was also passed today.

The Hurling 2020 Committee, chaired by Tipperary’s Liam Sheedy presented five motions today with the one-on-one penalty and the advantage rule getting the green light along with a move to ensure Christy Ring Cup winners are automatically promoted to the Liam McCarthy Cup. The rules will be adopted in time for this year’s GAA championship.

The issue of penalties in hurling has been a hot topic in recent times but there has now been a resolution with Motion 21 (a) getting the backing of 84.2% of voters which will ensure one-on-one penalties are now adopted.

However a move to change 20 metre frees with only three defenders allowed on the line was defeated but this was amended and there is now a maximum of five defenders permitted on the line.

The adoption of the advantage rule is also likely to receive plenty support.

General view of the voting process A general view of the voting process today. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Congress continues this afternoon with further motions set to be debated and we’ll keep you updated.

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